Academic, CTE, and North Dakota Scholarships


The North Dakota Academic scholarship and the North Dakota Career & Technical Education (CTE) scholarship were created during the 2009 legislative session. These scholarships are aimed at increasing high school rigor and retaining college students in North Dakota. Students can apply online during their senior year of high school. For more information, contact the Office of School Approval & Opportunity at (701) 328-2244 or (701) 328-2597

The new North Dakota scholarship was created during the 2021 Legislative Session through the approval of SB 2289. It will gradually replace the current Academic and CTE Scholarships. Students graduating in 2022, 2023, or 2024 can use either the old (Academic/CTE Scholarship) requirements, or the new North Dakota Scholarship requirements. Starting with the graduating class of 2025, students can only use the new North Dakota Scholarship requirements. Students cannot earn more than one of the three scholarships (Academic, CTE, or North Dakota). The purpose of the new North Dakota Scholarship is to align scholarship requirements to the Choice Ready initiative. The new requirements align to Choice Ready, but will be more rigorous than what is required for Choice Ready. Please click here for more information on the new North Dakota Scholarship.

Scholarship Application Directions
  • Create a ND login and password. Do not use a login or password assigned to another individual. Click on Register Now. Complete the document. An email will be sent to the email address provided by the student with instructions for activation of the account. Follow directions in the email and activate the account. Write down the login and password and keep in a safe place.

  • Log back into Scholarship Application. Enter login and password, complete the application, print a copy of the application prior to submission. Application must be submitted on or before June 6, 2020. No applications will be accepted after June 6, 2020. (NOTE: Use an email address that will be checked frequently prior to June 30. It is strongly advised to also give the parent’s email address. It is recommended that students use an email address that they will have access to beyond high school (i.e. Gmail, Yahoo, etc.). All correspondence for the scholarship process will occur via these email addresses. Do not use your school addresses!)

  • A confirmation email indicating successful submission of the application should be received immediately after the application is submitted. If you do not receive this confirmation email, contact us at (701) 328-2244 immediately.
  • If you qualified via the WorkKeys tests, mail copies of the WorkKeys Level Score Reports to: 

Mail to: Fax to:
North Dakota Department of Public Instruction Attention: CTE Scholarship Program
Office of School Approval & Opportunity (701)328-0201
CTE Scholarship Program  
600 East Boulevard Avenue, Department 201  
Bismarck , ND 58505-0440  
  • Notify the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction (NDDPI) at 701-328-2244 if anything changes once the application has been submitted (i.e., phone number, address, college choice, etc.). After approval, notify the ND University System (NDUS) (701-328-4156) of any changes.

  • Students not attending a North Dakota College or University must call the NDUS at (701) 328-2906 to reinstate the scholarship prior to college/university enrollment.

  • A list of scholarship awardees will be forwarded to the NDUS. The NDUS will then disburse money to the financial aid office at each ND college/university. This is done after enrollment is verified following the campus’s financial aid census date. The money will be sent to the campus financial aid office each term.
  • A student does not have to reapply for the scholarship each term. It is automatically renewed if the student is enrolled full time, maintains a cumulative 2.75 GPA reviewed each term, and makes adequate progress towards degree completion, as defined by NDCC 15.1-21-2.6. 

  • Seniors who take either the ACT or the WorkKeys for scholarship eligibility after the national ACT testing date in March, must send their official test results to NDDPI. Online WorkKeys test results are available immediately for the student. WorkKeys results must always be sent by the student. All testing must take place before the student graduates from high school.